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The Carpet is Gone!

A few weeks back my Aunt, Uncle, and Mom came to visit me in Baltimore. Like their last visit we ate and drank our way through the city, but also tackled a HUGE item on my house to-do list. This time it was the carpet. The house was remodeled in 1970’s-1980’s and per the style at the time the whole house was the recipient of blue high-low carpet throughout. If you remember my family’s last visit, I came home from work one day and found a section of the carpet gone and a beautiful wood staircase in its place. This time the rest of the house was up for grabs. To ignore the carpet I’d previously invested in rugs for each room of the house, leaving very little of the carpet showing. Removing the furniture and these rugs I was reminded of the state of my carpet. And of the stain a friend affectionately called the body stain…. And apparently I loved the old carpet so much that I didn’t take hardly any  (good) photos of it.

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Downstairs with carpet

Better picture of downstairs carpet

Better picture of downstairs carpet

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Master Update

It’s been a while now since I originally pulled down the wood paneling in the master bedroom and we are long overdue for an update. Since then I’ve gotten the walls framed in, insulation added, and paint up on the new Sheetrock. I also choose to install a larger crown molding and a slightly larger but simple baseboard. For the paint, with Mom’s help, we matched my chosen colors to existing colors in the Sherlin Williams collection. We ended up with Artic White for the ceiling and trim and Soulmate for the accent wall color. I was sold on my original wall color so we had them paint match to the Behr Grey Mist sample I had.  Here’s a sneak peak, I’m very excited with how it is turning out.

One of the best parts of doing this room was my discovery of angled paint brushes. You’ll hear me go on about this further, but, because of these I ended up free hand painting all of my edges and I am SO much happier than every other time I’ve used painters tape. Without tape I skipped that large chunk of time spent laying the tape, making sure its absolutely straight, and completely laid down so the paint doesn’t get underneath it. Oh and I also got to skip the tape removal, which while fun, is not really fun. This may be due to my inability to lay a perfectly straight and non-slanted tape line that irks by perfectionism.  and if you leave it on too long, the paint that it can take with it when you remove it.  Not to say that I don’t appreciate tape, but these angled brushes are definitely my new and only way I’ll be painting and edging the  walls.   /end of rant about tape.

While I was at it painting the trim it only made sense to paint the windows. And then to make this a bigger project why paint the windows without removing the old cracked and missing caulk with new caulking. The more research I did into refinishing these wood windows, the bigger this project became. After some trial and error my short laundry list of refinishing the windows:

  1. Sand down the current paint IMG_20150605_162835903_HDR
  2. Fill gaps and cracks with wood filler and sand
  3. Remove old caulking and re-caulk
  4. Remove any remaining paint from the tracks to allow for new paint
  5. First coat of paint
  6. Second coat of paint
  7. Hang blinds
  8. Enjoy!

In my first round I made it to step 3 but omitted what is now step 4 and jumped into painting, successfully getting one window stuck and another currently unable to close because of too much paint in the tracks. This weekend’s project will be to fix these so they are back where they can close

Delaware and the Eastern Shore

Mom came to visit to help out with the garage sale, aka clean out the basement and all the things I don’t have room for in the house.  The garage sale is an annual event hosted by the Highlandtown community association, which shuts down two blocks to traffic and is open to any of the homeowners in the area. They coordinate the permits, advertisements, and getting the AMVETS. Afterwards they coordinate a cookout for the participants. It was a great way to meet some more neighbors and to off load all of the boxes of items in the basement.

IMG_20150601_203057782After getting through the weekend, Mom and I headed out to the Eastern shore for some R&R in Bethany Beach, Delaware.
After a quick spot at the Dogfish Head Brewery for some tasty pizza. Despite the fact that there were rain storms the entire time we were out there, we still IMG_20150602_120706122managed to check out the beach, enjoy the beach house, and most importantly for me, catch up on sleep.

Back in Maryland, we manage to pick up paint for my bedroom, check out some restaurants, and hit up the Capital Jazz fest before putting Mom back on the plane. More pictures from the trip are below.

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Christmas Adventures

Christmas in the Caribbean for 2014. Ft. Lauderdale, FL -> Key West, FL -> Grand Cayman Islands -> Cozumel, Mexico.
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